Friday, May 15, 2009

The weekend: 5.15-5.17

The weekend is upon us once again.

Here, a list of some events going on around town that might intrigue you.

Friday, May 15

Music: The Brooklyn Folk Festival comes to Jalopy in Red Hook tonight, running through Sunday, brought to you by Eli Smith, a banjo player and radio show host who has been involved in the city’s thriving folk and antifolk movement for several years. Tonight starts off with Stephen Strohmeier & Walker Teret at 8 p.m., and Frank Hoier rounds out the night at 12:20 a.m. Tickets are $10 for the day or $25 for the weekend. Jalopy is located at 315 Columbia St.

Theater: High flyers, innovative theater and independent films will entertain you at The Bushwick Starr's Bushwhack Series, two weekends of performance art in Bushwick by Bushwick artists. Shows start at 8 p.m., with tickets $10. The show runs this weekend and next. The Bushwick Starr is located at 207 Starr St.

Acrobatics: This is your last weekend to catch SLAM: CATAPULT at STREB in Williamsburg and watch Elizabeth Streb adn her Action Faction defy gravity and explore the ordinary, inanimate world around us. The show runs through Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. You can buy tickets online or call (212) 352-3101. STREB is located at 51 North 1st St.

Saturday, May 16

Film: Get a sneak peak at "Away We Go," co-written by Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida, and directed by Same Mendes, at BAM. The film stars John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as a pregnant couple traveling the US in search of a place to raise their child. Stick around for a Q&A with the writers, moderated by Sarah Vowell, and then a cocktail party. The event's a fundrasier for Egger's 826NYC, so the admission price is a bit hefty - $30 for the screening, $125 for the screening, Q&A and reception. The screening starts at 7 p.m. BAM is located at 30 Lafayette Ave.

Jump rope: Jump rope - for fun - at McCarren Park in Greenpoint this weekend when the softball field plays host to the Punk Rope Olympics. Teams of four will compete for the gold - a Punk Rope cup - by competing in events like Punkpourri Relay and Human Chariot. The fun starts at 2 p.m., with a picnic following festivals from 4 to 6 p.m. Softball field #2 is across the street from the Automotive High School off Bedford between N. 12th & Lorimer.

Roller derby: In a different type of competition, the Brooklyn Bombshells take on Manhattan Mayhem at the latter's turf, at the Hunter College Sportsplex, for some heated Gotham Girls Roller Derby. The whistles blows at 8:30 p.m. Halftime entertainment will include a performance by the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, and DJ Reaganomics will spin the music before and during the bout. Tickets are $19.75 in advance, $23 at the door. Hunter College's sportsplex is located at the southwest corner of Lexington Ave and 68th Street in Manhattan.

Sunday, May 17

Street fairs: Fifth Avenue gets turned over for blocks of fun, food and entertainment, from 12th Street to Sterling Place, as the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID launches its Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair. Attractions include a culinary journey along Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue, from Willie’s NY Dawgs to the Piramides of Mexico. Music, from bands including the Brooklyn-based a cappella group The Persuasions will be performing on two stages set up outside The Gate (Third Street) & Southpaw (Sterling Place). The fair froms from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine.

Theater: "On the Waterfront," the play that inspired the classic movie starring Marlon Brando, comes to the waterfront, when the Brave New World Repertory Theatre puts on a staged reading at the Waterfront Museum Barge in Red Hook on May 17. Tickets are $18. The barge is located at 290 Conover St. at Pier 44.


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